San Diego"s Top Weekend Events: A Funny Guy, A "Funny Girl" And John Adams

A promotional poster for the 2018 production of

Credit: Courtesy of Moonlight

Above: A promotional poster for the 2018 production of "1776 In Concert" at Moonlight Amphitheatre.

San Diego"s Top Weekend Events: A Funny Guy, A "Funny Girl" And John Adams


Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar

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This weekend brings a musical about John Adams, comedy by Kevin Hart and a festival that showcases films celebrating anniversaries, including "Funny Girl" and "The Red Shoes."

"1776 In Concert"

Music, Theater

Did you know there’s a musical about American history that’s not “Hamilton?” It’s called “1776” and it’s being staged for one night only at Moonlight Amphitheatre.

Instead of focusing on Alexander Hamilton, 1776 is the story of John Adams and his quest to get his colleagues to sign the Declaration of Independence.

It’s not a show that’s done very often, but Moonlight is staging it as a concert. So there won’t be elaborate sets or costumes, but you will hear the music performed by local theater favorites and a 20-piece orchestra.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday. Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. $15 to $45; find tickets to "1776."

Kevin Hart


Comedian and movie star Kevin Hart returns to San Diego for his Irresponsible Tour, a massive show that he"s performing all over the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.

It’s the first time Hart performs stand-up in the round, a staging technique that makes his arena shows feel more intimate. While the set up is new, the jokes will still have Hart"s brand of self-deprecating humor mixed with celebrity anecdotes and lots of swearing.

And if you’re wondering about the title, "Irresponsible," that’s a reference to some of Hart’s personal life scandals that made recent headlines.

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. Viejas Arena, 5500 Canyon Crest Drive, SDSU. $39 to $195; find tickets to Kevin Hart.

Digital Gym 5th Anniversary Movie Screenings


Digital Gym Cinema celebrates its fifth anniversary by screening favorite films also celebrating an anniversary in 2018.

It begins with the 30th anniversary of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and continues with classics like "Funny Girl," "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," and "The Red Shoes."

Digital Gym is a small movie theater in North Park that screens foreign and independent films that otherwise wouldn’t be seen in San Diego.

Details: Begins today and continues through July 12. Digital Gym Cinema, 2921 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. $7 to $11; find tickets to Digital Gym.

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